Introduction & Design
Wider Yet Thinner
Even with the success of the larger screen smartphones like Samsung’s GALAXY Note, not many developers were eager to jump into this form factor for various reasons. However, earlier this year, we saw LG showcasing its Optimus Vu smartphone at MWC 2012 and today, we are bringing you an in-depth review of this larger than average smartphone.
When compared with most of the smartphones in the market, the LG Optimus Vu is possibly one of the widest we’ve seen, thanks to its unique combination of a 5-inch screen and the 4:3 aspect ratio. Its wider facade does make it somewhat more difficult to operate with one hand. On the plus side, those of you with larger hands will welcome the spacious keyboard interface that comes with the wider build.
Thankfully however, the device is still relatively thin and fit pretty snugly in our pockets. Built in a unibody chassis, the Optimus Vu does look very stylish but unfortunately, this design route means you won’t be able to physically access the batteries without voiding the warranty.
In terms of connectivity, the micro USB port along with the 3.5mm jack is located on the top of the device, while the micro SIM slot is hidden to the side. We would have welcomed a place to store the bundled stylus but you won’t find one here. One alternative to this would be to look for a case that will let you store the stylus as it will come in handy. We’ll explain more on this in the next section.